What NORML is doing to Reform Marijuana Laws

by sammoser on March 7, 2013

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Somehow, despite all the progress society has made in the realms of freedom of choice, marijuana is still on the proverbial chopping block. The debate on the legalization of the herb has been an ongoing circus for decades even though proof has been given that there are more dangerous substances readily available to consumers. Prohibition laws were lifted on alcohol almost a century ago, although it is vastly more dangerous than the green lady, Mary-Jane. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is taking a stand against the ridiculous double-standards imposed by prejudiced governmental and societal views.

What is NORML?

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is a non-profit organization, based in Washington DC, aims to educate the public on the many benefits of this misunderstood herb. By moving public opinion, NORML aims to sway the laws in favor of legalizing marijuana both for medicinal and recreational usage. While the use of medical marijuana is condoned in several states, the laws surrounding the prescription of the substance are still particularly strenuous. This organization aims to have all criminal penalties for the recreational use of cannabis lifted. The theory is that adults are legally within their rights to drink alcohol responsibly, they should be able to smoke marijuana either using a Pax Vaporizer or simply rolling a joint within the same legal boundaries.

Basic Facts about the Organization

  • Has been actively moving against marijuana prohibition since early 1970
  • Managed to decriminalize minor marijuana offenses in the 1970s
  • Helped to lower the penalties related to the use and possession of cannabis
  • Provides accurate information for the media in the ongoing decriminalization battle
  • Sponsors advertising campaigns of local activists
  • Provides legal advice and assistance to those in the clutches of the law
  • Continues to research the herb in order to provide a better understanding

Is NORML Making any Progress?

While the battle against irrational marijuana laws is a slow-moving one, there is no doubt that the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is making irrefutable progress. A legal committee of 350 criminal defense lawyers operates nationwide in order to provide services for people who have found themselves in a face-off with the government.

Continued research enables this organization to educate the public on the beneficial properties of cannabis and also provides the resources required to stamp out societal paranoia for good. The medicinal properties of marijuana are becoming increasingly well-known and there are many other uses yet to be discovered.

With almost 50% of America’s adult population smoking weed on a recreational basis, there is hope that NORML will be able to make the required changes. It is virtually impossible for half of the nation to be accused of criminal activity because of a personal preference. There is proof that cannabis itself is not physically addictive, which sadly is not the case with other legal substances such as alcohol.

Promoting Responsible Use

NORML promotes the responsible use of marijuana. If the usage of the substance can be accurately monitored, and appropriate quantities consumed there should be no reason for the prohibition of the herb. As with alcohol, limits in quantity should and can be applied in order to maintain an environment of healthy moderation.

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